Band Of Brothers
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Band of Brothers (DVD)
An impressively rigorous, unsentimental, and harrowing look at combat during World War II, Band of Brothers follows a company of airborne infantry--Easy Company--from boot camp through the end of the war. The brutality of training takes the audience by increments to the even greater brutality of the war; Easy Company took part in some of the most difficult battles, including the D-day invasion of Normandy, the failed invasion of Holland, and the Battle of the Bulge, as well as the liberation of a concentration camp and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest. But what makes these episodes work is not their historical sweep but their emphasis on riveting details (such as the rattle of a plane as the paratroopers wait to leap, or a flower in the buttonhole of a German soldier) and procedures (from military tactics to the workings of bureaucratic hierarchies). The scope of this miniseries (10 episodes, plus an actual documentary filled with interviews with surviving veterans) allows not only a thoroughness impossible in a two-hour movie, but also captures the wide range of responses to the stress and trauma of war--fear, cynicism, cruelty, compassion, and all-encompassing confusion. The result is a realism that makes both simplistic judgments and jingoistic enthusiasm impossible; the things these soldiers had to do are both terrible and understandable, and the psychological price they paid is made clear. The writing, directing, and acting are superb throughout. The cast is largely unknown, emphasizing the team of actors as a whole unit, much like the regiment; Damian Lewis and Ron Livingston play the central roles of two officers with grit and intelligence. Band of Brothers turns a vast historical event into a series of potent personal experiences; it's a deeply engrossing and affecting accomplishment. --Bret FetzerSee all Product Description
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An Epic Tale of War
Band of Brothers is an award-winning 10-part HBO series. It follows Easy Company, the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, through its mission in World War II’s European theater from D-Day to V-J Day. Based on interviews with survivors, along with soldiers' journals and letters, Band of Brothers shares the experiences of these legendary men as they displayed extraordinary bravery and faced unimaginable fear.
Most of the actors were chosen based on their resemblance to the soldiers they would be portraying.
To ensure authenticity, all the scripts were reviewed by real-life Easy Company soldiers.
The actors were put through an intense 10-day 'boot camp' to prepare for their roles and were required to stay in character the entire time.
The miniseries included 500 different speaking roles.
Historic Battles Brought to Life
- Based on the best seller by Stephen E. Ambrose
- Presented by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg
- Nearly 12 action-packed hours of absorbing military drama
- The complete series, plus tons of bonus material
- A beautiful six-DVD gift-box collection
Meet the Cast
Major Richard 'Dick' Winters (Damian Lewis)
The leader of Easy Company, Winters was a calm and collected leader who was greatly respected by his men. He eventually was put in command of the entire 2nd Battalion.
Captain Lewis Nixon (Ron Livingston)
Nixon was a hard-drinking soldier who liked a good time. But when the company needed him, he was always there. He never fired a shot during the war.
2nd Lieutenant C. Carwood Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg)
Lipton was a commissioned officer in Easy Company. His strength was in keeping morale high and pushing the men to reach their full potential.
Captain Herbert M. Sobel (David Schwimmer)
Strict, uncompromising and sometimes even vindictive, Captain Sobel was disliked by the entire company, but their mutual dislike is what united them in basic training.
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And for good reason. "Band of Brothers" is absolutely the spiritual successor to "Saving Private Ryan." The grainy, washed out camera work is in full effect here, giving the series the same gritty realism as its big budget movie brother. Stylistically, the mini series is shot much the same way. Hand held shaky-cams and genuine set pieces are everywhere. For all intents and purposes, the series tries to serve as bonus material to an already epic Hollywood movie.
Don't let the statement fool you. "Band Of Brothers" is just as epic and powerful as "Ryan" ever was. Instead of focusing on the logical controversy of risking the lives of a handful of soldiers to extract just one, the series focuses more on the historical events that surrounded the battle-weary Easy Company paratroop regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
B.O.B. takes a few liberties for the sake of dramatic play up, but never fails to pay homage to the incredibly taxed veterans of that very division. The series actually follows the accounts of the book of the same name, written by Stephen Ambrose. Depending on who you speak to (Ambrose or the actual 101st veterans), some events were grossly misrepresented, or entirely true. It would be far more plausible to say that past Hollywood takes on WWII have been far more lenient with their historical accuracy, however.Read more ›
If you've seen Stephen Spielberg's fictional World War II epic Saving Private Ryan, you already have some inkling of the horror and constant peril accompanying the allies' assault on Fortress Europe in 1944. Ambrose's true account of the remarkable soldiers of the 101st Airborne will leave you wondering how any of these fellows survived at all. That they not only survived but achieved victory is a tribute to their training and their hardihood, but most of all their devotion to one another. The title is based on Henry Plantagenet's battlefield oration to his outnumbered and beleaguered men on St. Crispian's Day in Shakespeare's Henry V:
"He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named, and rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall live this day, and see old age, Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, and say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:' Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars and say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day....Read more ›
That said, the series is terrific well filmed and well acted. If it was not for the fact that we were watching a movie, you could swear that you were there. A colossal undertaking which represents those times as they were.
Maybe the makers and sellers of this series could take a dollar from each sale and give it to veterans associations to benefit all those warriors who put it on the line so that we may be free today.
Most recent customer reviews
I really appreciated this television series and found it very informative ass well.Published 12 hours ago by Ric
The added features on blu ray helps a lot with understanding the bigger picture as well as the incredible feats of courage and skill these men hadPublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Couldn't wait for this set to arrive and i was not disappointed. Showed up in great time and in perfect condition.Published 19 days ago by S Jackson
An amazing series with fantastic actors and I love watching every minute of it. As a packaging design lover, this steel case box set is awesome.Published 25 days ago by chad
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